Braces for Kids & Teens


Braces for Kids & Teens

Braces for Kids and Teens

Typically, Phase II treatment is a regular orthodontic treatment that involves placing braces on the patient once his or her permanent teeth have erupted. The braces straighten the permanent teeth and finish correctly aligning the patient’s jaw. By age 12, most, if not all, permanent teeth have erupted and are in place, which is when crooked teeth, gaps, and bad bites can easily be detected. Unfortunately, these problems will hardly ever correct themselves, so this is when most parents decide to seek orthodontic treatment for their children.

For many teenagers, wearing braces is a part of life – an essential part of life because a beautiful and healthy smile can boost one’s self-confidence.

Children at this age are growing rapidly, and orthodontists can usually take advantage of these growth spurts to help shape the bite and teeth correctly. In addition, pre-teens and teenagers have high metabolisms, which can help shorten overall treatment time and reduce the discomfort of orthodontic treatment.

Why get Braces?

Braces are capable of solving several dental problems, like:

  • Teeth that are overcrowded or crooked.
  • Huge gaps between the two teeth.
  • Bite issues (overbite, underbite, open bite, crossbite).

It is essential to fix these issues because it will improve your kids’/teens’ facial appearance, boosting their confidence. It will also improve their speech and chewing abilities. Apart from that, several health benefits of properly aligned teeth can be obtained from traditional braces, like:

  • It becomes easier to clean and maintain teeth that are straight and properly aligned.
  • It rectifies bad bite issues that might create several dental problems like chipped teeth and sore jaws.
  • With braces, your kids/teens will get properly aligned teeth, contributing to improving their speech.

We recommend traditional braces to kids and teens because it is ideal for their dental conditions to change. In addition, getting the braces in these years would make the overall treatment easier and faster.

What are the options available?

Apart from metal/traditional braces, your child can also get ceramic braces or Invisalign, which are popular choices. Ceramic braces are similar to metal braces, where the only difference is that here the brackets are made up of transparent ceramic material. As a result, these braces blend in with the teeth better and hence are less visible.

Invisalign are removable clear aligners that help in treating mild to moderate teeth alignment issues. These are easier to maintain, as you can remove them while brushing and eating. Also, being clear in appearance, with this, you will be able to straighten your teeth without anyone knowing about it.

With all the options available, the question is, which one is the best for your child? When you visit our orthodontic clinic, our dentists will thoroughly check your child’s dental conditions. You can talk to them about all the available options in your first appointment. Talk to your teenagers and ask about their concerns about getting braces- you can also talk about colorful braces to add fun to the treatment.

Visit Weston Orthodontics today to get braces for your kids and teens. Call us at 954-389-2345 to book an appointment.

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